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Published August 05, 2013, 10:21 PM

Alex Rodriguez suspension disappointing to local baseball fans

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a day no baseball fan will forget, one of the game's greatest players was suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez was banned for over 200 games, a suspension that will run through the end of next season.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a day no baseball fan will forget; One of the game's greatest players was suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. Alex Rodriguez was banned for over 200 games, a suspension that will run through the end of next season.

A-Rod will appeal the ban, which allowed him to make his season debut tonight in Chicago. The reception by the White Sox fans was pretty icy, but it didn't seem to bother A-Rod, who in his first at-bat of the season fisted a single to left field.

He addressed the media before the game to talk about his suspension that, essentially, is a lifetime ban.

Alex Rodriguez - Suspended by MLB Today: "All of it has been challenging, I'm sure there have been mistakes along the way. We're here now, I'm a human being. I've had 2 hip surgeries, I've had 2 knee surgeries, I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't, no one else will. We have a process; I'm happy with the process, in due time, hopefully whatever happens happens."

Today's news has also caught the attention of local baseball fans. The Fargo-Moorhead area is rich with it's baseball tradition, with names like Maris, Coste, and Helling. When it comes to a big name player like Alex Rodriguez getting a 200+ game suspension for PEDs, disappointment is the overriding theme.

Steve Blazek - Fargo: "I looked up to him myself. I mean, I think he's a fantastic player, but it's what our kids are taught and brought up for. You work hard and you get there. You shouldn't pay money to get there."

Leon Streifel - Fargo: "I have a 13-year old son who plays baseball and they're pretty aware of the performance enhancing drugs and how bad they are. They really gravitate toward the better players that they know don't do the performance enhancing drugs. It's a real disappointment for the fans, specially the kids that really idolize these players. It's just a huge black mark on baseball."

The remaining 12 players all accepted 50 game suspensions.

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